Book, 'The Mainspring'; Jane Anne Winscom; 1869; XAH.C.538
Book, 'The Mainspring'Maker
AuthorAbout this object
This book, entitled ‘The Mainspring’ was awarded to Adeline Violet Kerr Taylor for ‘1st prize, 3rd class’ at St. Luke’s Sunday school.
The Kerr Taylor family were devout Anglicans and attended both morning and evening services at St. Luke’s church in Mount Albert, Auckland, every Sunday. All of the Kerr Taylor children attended Sunday school where their mother, Sophia, taught for 46 years. Adeline’s older sisters, Winifred and Mildred, also taught Sunday school when their mother retired in 1920. (1)
Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers, or radio. Books, like this one, were an important part of Victorian life in an era where there was no television, computers, or radio. Books were not only a vital source of entertainment, but were also didactic, teaching young children important lessons in Christian morality and correct behaviour. ‘The Mainspring’ advances strong Christian themes, therefore this book would have been considered appropriate for a young Anglican girl, like Adeline, to read in her leisure time.
(1) Jan Harris, 'Alberton and Its Family,' 1999
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19 x 13.5cmDate Made
Seeley, Jackson & HallidayPublication Date
London, EnglandCredit Line
Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere TaongaObject Type
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